Found on the outskirts of Blackburn is The Observatory, a recently refurbished pub that has a fresh, modern look as well as an excellent gastropub menu.
Honouring a massive tastecard discount, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the culinary delights of gastropub cuisine, which is all made using only the freshest ingredients. The chefs work hard to ensure that each dish is not only delicious but aesthetically appealing as well.
Start the experience with one of The Observatory’s exemplary appetisers, with delectable choices like the scrumptious Bury Black Pudding, paired with pulled pig cheek bon bons, whipped mustard cream and piccalilli, the rich chicken liver pate, enriched with rosemary and honey, and the irresistible steamed mousles marinere, paired with a warm artisan ciabatta.
Those simply seeking some nourishing nibbles with a few drinks would be wise to consider some of the more bar snack styled choices, such as the tantalising tempura king prawns, paired with a chilli jam, the enchanting Penny’s Honey Glazed Chipolatas, accompanied with a mustard mayo, and the diverse ensemble that is the Charcuterue Slate, an assortment of black pudding pate, moon blush tomatoes and local smoked and cured meats.
For the more ravenous diners looking for an utterly satisfying meal can indulge themselves with one of the fantastic main courses, with selections ranging from refreshing salads to grilled feasts. On the lighter end of the spectrum there are dishes like the zesty lemon pepper king prawn salad, tossed with baby gem lettuce, confit tomatoes and a low fat French dressing, and the locally sourced Thwaites beer battered fish finger sandwich, topped with a homemade tartare sauce.
The heavier options for a main meal include hearty choices like the signature Observatory Gourmet Burger, stacked with Monterey Jack cheese, onion rings and crispy bacon, the specially made Chef’s Lancashire Cheese, Braised Onion and Potato Pie, served with hand cut chips and homemade baked beans, and the succulent chateaubriand steak, the finest steak available comes as a monstrous serving of 32oz to be shared between two diners.
If diners still find some room for more there are plenty of heavenly desserts to satisfy that incessant sweet tooth, and there’s also a kid’s menu for the younger members of the party. Come to The Observatory and find a dish to fall in love with.
Please Note: The tastecard discount is not available on Sunday's due to the a la carte menu not being available.